How much do we know about Balinese massage, other than the fact that it originates from Bali? We all know Bali; the beautiful Indonesian island well known for its volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches, tourist attractions and lovely resort hotels.
Little do people know that Balinese massage is actually inspired by Ayurveda, a mix of traditional Indian medicine and Chinese acupressure. The Hindus believe in the positive effects of the massage, as it opens up energy channels, absorbing the positive energy and eradicating the negative.
The method includes acupressure, reflexology, stretching and essential oils, with an aim to relax the patron, stimulate the lymphatic system, blood flow and ‘qi’, or energy. There is a total relaxation of the body and mind with aromatic essences and incenses triggering the body’s relaxation receptors.
As much as we love receiving a massage, how many times have we pondered on what sort of benefits it gives us? Look no further, for here, we give you the 5 biggest benefits of receiving a Balinese massage.
- It promotes activation of blood circulation in your body.
Poor blood circulation brings us a myriad of health discomforts like fluid retention in our appendages. The trained masseuse focuses on areas of congestion and applies acupressure on these areas, moving the blood through the congested areas, allowing new blood to flow in once the pressure has been released. This action results in lowered blood pressure and overall improves bodily functions.
- It makes for better lymphatic system functions and natural drainage.
When lymph fluids do not drain well, lactic acid accumulates in the muscles and causes us to feel fatigue and bodily aches.
The masseuse squeezes and pulls the skin, and this action flushes lactic acid from the muscles. Lymph fluid starts to circulate, removing metabolic waste from the muscles and internal organs. With an effective lymphatic system, the muscles relax easier, helping us to feel more energized.
- It helps to combat muscle and joint pain, improving mobility and muscle tone.
We have all been through a phase of working out extraneously and suffering from sore muscles the next day, or not working out at all and experiencing stiff joints when getting out of bed or from prolonged sitting.
Balinese massages include stretching movements, which improves blood circulation and increases blood flow. This extra blood flowing in our body warms us and eases the pains, tightness, soreness and stiffness in our joints and muscles, resulting in better mobility. Researchers also believe that Balinese massages trigger a release of natural painkillers called Opioids, in the brain, blocking our pain receptors, making for an effective alternative to conventional pain medicine for persistent body aches.
The stretching motion also creates a mild stretch reflex, and over time this could create better muscle tone.
- It helps in alleviating allergies and other respiratory problems.
Some people suffer from common allergies caused by multiple factors, like changes in climate, dust, or pollen. Sneezing, coughing and asthma are common symptoms of allergies.
The masseuse targets the acupressure points on the face, warming the muscles. When this happens, the lymph nodes are stimulated to open and improves circulatory and lymphatic flow, ergo improving the respiratory system.
- And finally, it calms you and weakens states of anxiety and/or depression.
With the improved circulation of blood throughout the body and draining of lymph fluid, we feel more relaxed post massage.
The massage increases the flow of oxytocin, our “happy” hormone. Given that we are now relaxed, calm and content, our stress and tension melting away, we now find the ability to sleep better. Consequently, this helps to improve our concentration and memory power, avoiding the stress and tension that brings with it headaches and migraines.
So with these big 5 benefits of a Balinese massage, you now know how to identify spas that provide authentic Balinese massages. Relax away!